On August 18, Guangzhou signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Wuppertal, Germany to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two cities. Thus far, Guangzhou has formed friendly relationship with 93 cities of 61 countries worldwide.
The ALX route is the first direct liner route to the West Coast of the US launched by the Singapore-based SEA LEAD SHIPPING PTE. LTD. at the Nansha Port. The company put six 4900TEU-6350TEU container ships into bi-weekly operation at this phase and will upgrade to a weekly operation in the future.